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  FOX Business    Democratic National Convention    Series/Special.  (2012) The 2012 Democratic  
   National Convention from Charlotte, N.C. New. (CC) (Stereo)  

    September 6, 2012
    8:00 - 11:00pm EDT  

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is you are in california said i recently saw footage of the women in the dungeon. >> and your being with us tonight in new york neil: just a very moving moment.
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>> four years ago, i was inspired by the way that senator obama had lived his life. fighting for jobs, giving hope to the hopeless and working day in and day out for the america he believed in. i was inspired by barack obama's vision for america, an america where we look out for one another and take responsibility for our sisters and brothers. today i am inspired by his
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record. a belief that each of us give back to this country we love, and all of us work together. there is no challenge that we cannot overcome. those are the ideals that my father and my uncle fought for. those are the ideals that i believe in. this election is about whether we will advance those ideals or let them be swept away. like my father's election in 1960, this is one of those elections where the future of our country is at stake. women and children have the most on the line.
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it is to make sure that women can fight for equal pay for equal work. neil: you are watching caroline kennedy. if you think about how important that early kennedy endorsement wants to then senator barack obama, when the push was to see edward kennedy, supporting hillary clinton, ted kennedy, that was an important seal of approval for a senator who is on his way to becoming president of united states. a prime time pat on the back. barack obama and why he should be given another shot at this.
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michele obama presented a very personal story. we are going to talk to a congressman who had a story more than 24 hours ago. peter barnes on the floor of the democratic national convention. reporter: neil, one of the goals of the obama campaign is to try to reach across generations and we are doing that right here on the north carolina delegation. a few seats down from me, an older delegate wearing what looks to be an original top hat for john f. kennedy, caroline kennedy's uncle. the campaign, of course, trying to appeal to seniors as well as younger voters and middle-aged voters across all the ages.
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big decisions over the next few years. he is going to say that he wants more time and needs more time. the truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. including creating another million manufacturing jobs by 2016. neil: since it took a while to turn this ship around, you will hear a lot of references to do a job come back up 20 months. a lot of this will go into about a year after the president took
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office. it is when you should really count this recovery beginning. the calendar is with the calendar it. we are still down 2 million jobs. the obama administration prefers to say that the real kick started in the recovery that we initiated that took root and has its origins in february of 2010. you're going to hear a a lot of talk about that and that 4 million jobs number is coming from there. it started back then. but before that, i want you to hear why this is such a galvanizing convention. this gentleman single-handedly express it like no other. watch this. >> let us embody one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. and that means everyone of us. it is our hope to march on.
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we are people of color. mr. president, hold on. hold on. neil: we witness a lot of speeches. some are not so great. i don't want to offend, but i was outside when the congressman was delivering those remarks. people were stopping in their tracks. and even getting off the food lines and saying what is going on in there. six republicans instantly became democrats. he electrified the crowd. boy, oh, boy.
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>> we had a very good time. the convention is in a real sense a revival. people come to be revived. and we don't have the 2008 fervor that we pretend that we do. for the people that are here in this hall, we must convince them that we are set more than we arrived. neil: so you are supporting barack obama? >> i am supporting him. neil: on the issues, congressman, the passion he brought to that. i know of your seminary training and you are a preacher and you bring a lot to the table. but if it can send it as is it as if you are saying that we can't assume come we have this one.
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>> telling them that we have to be a party that standby and are not my standards. the thing i wanted people to see more than anything else during my entire speech, i never attack a single person. neil: that was the wrong problem i have with this remark and there is no way people would think you could do a speech with passion without having some red meat components. neil: no, you can do that. let me ask you, congressman. a passionate person like yourself, when you are with the joe biden, the shackles and chains, and -- a very tenacious thing to say, hey, that's going too far.
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what do you think? >> everybody in our party and the country knows joe biden. joe biden wanaque teleprompter. and when you get off the teleprompter, sometimes you say things that you would rather phrased differently. neil: the facts push it to the degree that -- it troubled him. and it was that was part of the theme that bothered him. >> i think that i respect the governor. i think that is going too far. a lot of times we do go to pot. there are a lot of dumb things that are said that a racial that were sent without intentionality. and without mean-spiritedness. i think that was one of them. that is going to file a. neil: african-american support,
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still very strong for the president. i often wonder why it is so monolithic. especially when minority unemployment is at 15%. you think that they would be angry and at least a good many would say, look, hope and change, and on the spare change. >> it is important to understand. unemployment among african americans is 14% and that is too high. however, i think that african-americans will be the last group to say that we are going to back away from president president obama. if i could use this analogy, if somebody has been in a coma in the hospital and all of a sudden, they are moving around, that is not the time to pull the plug. that is the time to give the patient more attention.
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i think that people believe in the second term, president obama will be able to give the patient more attention. if he does that, the economy will be revived and black unemployment will drop. neil: i know you have to go, as do we, but it does mean that we are setting a different set of standards for this president than other presidents who oversee iraqi recovery. is that fair or not it is fair that i don't think african americans ought to try to deny that. the first african-american -- i was the first african-american mayor of kansas city missouri. only 5% white. i think that african-americans want success. they are willing to be with someone then perhaps others. neil: i tell you, you are a great speaker. >> i know that the fox people agree and that's what matters to me in. neil: i am more than a network. good to be with you, congressman. get some rest. i have to tell you that there is
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a lot of passion at this convention. each side expressing, each side convinced its approach is the right approach. one of the things we will be looking at tonight is whether the passion of the congressman and what he brought to his remarks can be echoed by the big speakers tonight. among them, senator john kerry who is going to be making remarks of his own for the president. one of them widely considered the secretary of state, hillary clinton, barack obama is reelected, a lot of people think that if that will be, it will be john kerry's job. we will also hear from the vice president, joe biden and his son. a very good tribute to his dad. this is where this whole political thing transcends. whatever your biases are. we get a lot of e-mails from you folks saying that whether it is the rnc or the dnc, all the
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speeches -- i don't know about you, but i think they are all a part of americana. i think it is a shame when a lot of networks are relegating them to just an hour of prime time enforcing this to become a restricted media event it is. of course, we are not doing that on fox. we are not doing enough fox business. we intend to give both parties the attention they deserve. and the conventions themselves speak about our historical dna. i don't think this next fellow would disagree. >> this is part of our political tradition. this is really where you see people get involved in our political system and we feel very passionately about the views and we want to express it. this is what it's about. it does trouble me when a lot of young people say, you know, maybe these conventions are
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silly. i don't believe that. but i am a political nerd. i don't believe that. >> i agree with that. it gives us a chance to focus on what we believe in and to choose our team and get our strategy going into the elections. i really do think since it is unique to america and it is good. i'm disappointed that more networks are not giving it more coverage. neil: senator, [inaudible] he has to say, look, things are great in this recovery is nothing to write home about. but it's better than it was. there is an argument for that. republicans argue that you can't change the fact that with regardless and the number of jobs he created over the last couple of years, you're still down 2 million jobs net. you can readjust all you want, mr. president, but we know it doesn't add up. what you say? >> i say that president clinton has set the stage. she has already talked about the problems that barack obama
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inherited. neil: don't we all know that? >> president clinton set the stage. neil: you don't think the president is going to blame -- the. >> i think the president has been proud of what he has been able to accomplish -- turning the country around and putting us on the right path. he will emphasize that this is an election of choice. to continue to move forward and have a balanced way and a balanced way to an balance the budget and invest in programs that will help america's future. such as education, infrastructure, those kinds of programs were really do we want to pull back. neil: a lot of americans at home might say, well, know your convention delegates our site, maybe the senator is psyched, but we are not psyched. >> i think americans will be excited about the choice. there's a clear choice.
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neil: thank you very much, senator. we will be hearing from a lot of folks the next two hours. but i have an original guest coming up. chuck norris is going away in on something that really bothers them. you do not want to get chuck upset. you see us, at the start of the day. on the company phone list that's a few names longer. you see us bank on busier highways. on once empty fields. everyday you see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand, grow stronger and get back to work. everyday you see all of us serving you, around the country, around the corner. us bank.
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neil: richard trumka a very big believer in this support of this administration. by the way, this is the actress eva longoria. i understand she is limited to about 45 seconds. i think she is the cochair of the president's reelection campaign. someone was asking whether her views on the issues -- i have no idea. but she is stunning. a stunning gentleman in his own right, this is all going to go downhill, congressman. [laughter]
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[talking over each other] neil: that is a horrible segue and not a just one. you are one of those middle of the road guys of the democratic party who is being forced out, you are leaving. and i think, and i don't want a to judge, because that viewpoint is sort of -- you know, persona non grata. what you think? >> i would rather hear a little bit more about the democratic party, but tonight is about president obama and his vision and you can feel the energy in the arena. i bet you didn't feel this kind of energy in tampa. neil: there was a lot of energy in tampa but i did not see eva longoria. but what is it with his this party? you and i talk about this. it's very different, appealing to this crowd. going beyond this crowd -- you have to reach folks at home. they are looking at this and they are hearing a lot of things that are near and dear to the core of the party. the mainstream, middle of the
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road, does that hurt the party? >> i think in the long run, not including the senator, it would hurt the party. i'm hopeful we will get past this and include some of the voices in the future. this convention is about president obama and his reelection. i'm hopeful we will have a discussion within the party about how to get back to what we have always considered ourselves to be. neil: what you want to see out of the election? i always hear people say that wall street wants closure. and now we know where we're going. what if the election doesn't provide it. let's say the president is reelected. that is not closure, is that? >> certainty is the word you hear all the time. the business is one certainty or on the regulatory issues and i think what the president obama's reelection on the outcome of the election is going to give them the certainty that they're looking for. they may not like the outcome, but they won't know what the next four-year schools. neil: congressman, thank you.
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thank your you for your service to the country as well. a north joining us. a few of hollywood's few conservatives, i guess. he has a nice career and get a lot of respect. the whole clint eastwood thing -- whether you thought that hurt the conservatives in hollywood and their cause. >> can you hear us, chuck? remapped i cannot hear my voice. i can hear you. neil: that is good. i can hear my voice and i don't want to. but i do want to know whether you thought quint eastwood ruined it for conservatives and campaigning and making their work known in hollywood and outside hollywood? >> not at all. that's the most i've ever seen quint eastwood talk.
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[laughter] >> he had to be very passionate that might to talk for seven minutes without stopping. because that is not quint eastwood. no, i thought he made some very good points, you know, about if you don't do the job, then let's find a new leader. and i really believe that. i think that we really need a strong leader in the white house, a man who knows what writing the check is all about. neil: i was talking to a white stone unturned democratic delegate. saying all right, the republicans have [inaudible] they were talking about the foo fighters and some of these big celebrities that show up. they are all for barack obama. what you think of that? >> well, you know, the thing is that you have bruce willis, clint eastwood, john wayne, jimmy stewart. you know, i call them the men's
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men who are the conservatives. you know, the left are the ones that are backing obama's campaign. neil: when you look back at the speech a week ago, i'm curious to ask you, whether it was brilliant were weird or whatever. the argument, or even from romney support at the time, it is distracted from the speech and from his message -- the next everyone is talking about quint eastwood and not that romney economic turnaround message. do you fear that might've been the case? >> no, i think that rummy has to worry about bill clinton's speech last night. bill clinton gave a great performance. in fact him he should be on broadway. in fact him i would like for him to give me a few acting classes because the guy is a great actor. neil: i will tell you this.
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very few republicans like to take on bill clinton, even though -- it's like they're intimidated. he would rather say that this president is no bill clinton and took apart the arguments of bill clinton, and it's a weird thing. and i don't think i'm the only one noticing it. but it's like republicans are afraid of him. what would you suggest that they do? >> bill clinton was a centrist. he was able to work with the republicans, as well as the democrats, and that is why our economy grew during clinton's period as president. the thing is that obama will not move to the center and be able to work with the republicans as well. i will tell you, caroline kennedy made a good point. the future of our country is at stake right now. the people in america have to make a decision. we are at a crossroads. we want an uncontrollable government that is going to dictate everything in our lives,
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or do we want a smaller government where we, the people, control the government? that is what people are going to have to decide on november 6. neil: all right, chuck norris, thank you very much. it is always good to see you. sorry for some of the audio issues. a lot of people said, that you have a pretty good answer to that one. absolutely. austan goolsbee. enough said. [ male announcer ] let's say you need to take care of legal matters.
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neil: all right, you are looking live at governor schweitzer speaking right now. a very popular galvanizing figure. one of those that republicans cannot easily stand. speaking on behalf of the president's reelection, my next guest, chris kruger is blinding me that he has been very complimentary and said something nice about mitt romney and people applauded him. >> he made a point of that mitt romney is a good and decent man, a terrific family man and has a strong round of applause. i think what we heard from
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president clinton last night was a reminder of the previous time when it was possible to do things in a bipartisan way, when the big challenges facing the country were tackled in a bipartisan way. i think there is a yearning here in this convention center and across the country. i hear it from folks in delaware every day. some of the partnership and getting a vision for giving america moving again. neil: i listen to that as well. and i was trying to figure out whether he was trying to triangulate republicans. those conservative troops in the house, the tea party that is stopping the euros from trying to find a middle ground and get the republicans shooting at each other. >> i think president clinton was trying to point to economic policies that he put in the place that actually lead to balanced budgets and balanced surpluses, record job growth and a robust economy.
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neil: but he really didn't give the republican congress a lot of credit, did he? >> he really wasn't kind. neil: when you think happens with the speeches tonight, senator, the pressure on the president, particularly, to close the deal? not that he's going to have many of opportunities as the months go on. but there are a lot of americans who don't share that passion and think things look pretty dicey. 52% of whom say we think things are getting worse. >> there were remarkable speakers from michele obama and president bill clinton, and i know later tonight, a very strong speech from senator kerry on national security. vice president biden on how president obama makes decisions. the tough decisions he has made. and i know that the president obama lay out a clear plan. how to move forward on manufacturing, energy, education. neil: understood. but that people say, say, hey, sparky on the head for years to
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get this together and now you have a new plan? you've got an incomplete. give yourself an incomplete. >> i think what we will hear is a plan that he has already put to the congress. we have already seen and received and to your point before, a lot of the plans have been republican. neil: but don't you think that argument -- [inaudible] >> the blame game. but if the president refers to what i inherited, americans at home might recoil at that. and he will regret it. neil: what i expect is more of a contagious optimism in the confident that we have our he heard tonight. the energy and enthusiasm has been deafening. a tireless focus on the middle class. neil: senator, i did want to break the that.
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a republican and now an independent speaking on behalf of barack obama. this is artur davis, if you will be met please give it up for president barack obama. half a century ago, ronald reagan, the man whose optimism was inspiring to me to enter politics, he famously said at one time that he did not leave the democratic party. but the party left him. listen, i can relate. i didn't leave the republican party, it left me. we must create an economy that
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is built to last with jobs. we must rebuild our roads and bridges and improve our public schools. in particularly important to me in my state of florida is the challenge of saving medicare and social security so that we can keep our promise to our seniors. jericho. [applause] there are commonsense solutions in our reach. we only have leaders that are willing and enthusiastic to find common ground. no political party has a monopoly on that kind of leadership. as a former lifelong republican, it means that today's republicans just aren't up to the task. jericho. [applause] there bubbled and to the my way or the highway bullies, indebted to billionaires who bankrolled an allergic to the very idea of
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compromise. ronald reagan would not have stood for that. barack obama does not stand for that and you and i do not stand for that. i will be honest with you. i do not agree with president obama about everything. but i have gotten to know him and i have worked with him, and the choice is crystal clear. when he took office committee from the economic crisis had already put my state of florida on the edge of disaster. the foreclosure crisis was consuming homeowners, the tourist we depend on could not visit and our vital construction industry had come to a standstill. president obama saw what i saw. a catastrophe in the making. and he took action. jericho. [applause] won his first trips and office brought him to fort myers florida where i was proud to embrace them in his plan.
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to keep our teachers, police, and firefighters on the job. well, that cost me more grief from my party than you can ever imagine. but even as the republican party fought tooth and nail to stop him, this president showed his courage. he invested in america and saved our florida. jericho. [applause] two years later, florida and the golf course content host based faced a bad cleanup effort. and president obama helped to
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write us. my friends come he didn't see a red state. he didn't see a blue state. he simply saw americans who needed help, and once again, -- once again, i saw the leader that our country needs. you know, i used to play quarterback at wake forest university. jericho. [applause] go, beacons. my dad always told me that it takes a cool head when a hot game. we face serious challenges both at home and abroad. meanwhile, politics are defined by this. never has it been harder for a president to keep a cool head and never has it been more important. i look around florida. i see a state bursting with diversity and opportunity, estate looks like america's
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future. when i look at the republican ticket today, i see two candidates who would break the fundamental progress of medicare and social security and cut investments on middle-class voters so important to her recovery. i look at barack obama and i see a leader with a cool head and caring heart and an open mind. a president who has demonstrated through his demeanor and grace and his deeds that he is uniquely qualified to heal our divisions, rebuild our nations, and elitist to a >> simply as an american who understands that we must come together. finding the one man who can lead the way forward. in these challenging times, my president, you are president, barack obama. god bless you, and god bless america. thank you so much.
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neil: this was the one that had a lot of republicans wincing. the former republican governor of florida, charlie crist, endorsing barack obama a week after artur davis's former democratic alabama congressman threw his support to mitt romney. a little bit of tit-for-tat there. before we take a quick break, i would like to allow michael reagan to despond. china's economy has been slowing. this infrastructure -- we don't have a dollar figure on it, but it is on the heels of the run-up that we have in the u.s. markets today. the european markets are going to simulate this. that could be a significant development tomorrow. virtually all the markets that
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are open in the vicinity of 1.5 to 2% that china is going to follow up and do all it can to stimulate infrastructure spending. that could be on the heels of a very strong market performance today. by the way, the dow jones up more than 230 points. the s&p 500 at the highest level in four years. do not be surprised if the president actually throws that back in wall street and saving bash me all you want. under my stewardship, you've doubled your money. more from charlotte after this. ♪
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fight back fast with tums smoothies. so fast and smooth, you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tutums [ male announcer ] tums smoothies. neil: you are watching senator john kerry. eight years ago at the convention that nominated him, he chose barack obama to deliver the keynote address. it would be barack obama who has gone on to become president of the united states. john kerry in the role of singing the presidents praises to become the next possible secretary of state.
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hillary clinton would like to step down and john kerry would like to step up. regardless come the president returning the favor to the man who provided the moment for him. >> we were stretched to the breaking point and ran marching towards a nuclear weapon unchecked and osama bin laden was still plotting. it took president obama to make america bleed like america again. it took president obama to restore our moral authority. it took president obama to ban torture. the president understands that our values don't limit our power. they magnify it. he showed that global leadership is a strategic imperative for america. not a favor that we did other countries, and president obama kept his promises. he promised to end the war in iraq, and he has. and our heroes have come home.
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he promised to end the war in afghanistan, responsibly, and he is, and our heroes are coming home. he promised to focus like a laser on al qaeda, and he has. our forces have eliminated more of its leadership in the last three years than in all the eight years that came before it. after more than 10 years, without justice, the thousands of americans murdered on 9/11, after mitt romney said that it would be naïve to go into pakistan pursue the terrorists, it took president obama, against the advice of many, to give that order and finally rid the earth of osama bin laden. jericho. [applause]
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neil: you are looking at john kerry and we will monitor his remarks. the next secretary of state, it has to hurt john kerry to think about that eight years ago, a man that had been very close to the presidency himself. he missed it by about 100,000 votes. that was then and barack obama is now. michael reagan is with us now. michael, what do you think of this will convention? >> you know, i think that john kerry did it the old-fashioned way. he married it. this is a convention that is aimed strictly at those in the convention hall. all of those groups that came to the convention, having them speak directly. i don't think this is going outside of charlotte and reaching independence at all. i think that he will pay the
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price. neil: do you think that bringing bill clinton out -- check your facts, and many have -- i know you have and there are a lot of stretches their. it does make a better, more cohesive storyline and that might actually boomerang on him. >> i was thinking about 1976 last night watching bill clinton. when it all ended, he was done speaking, those in the convention hall were saying to themselves, my goodness. i wish he was running again, i wish he was our nominee and not barack obama. and i think that is a problem that barack obama is going to have to overcome. by the way, to do battle with president bill clinton, there is a president who did it quicker. my father actually turned the economy around, as you know, in three years. he didn't say give me a second term because i can't fix it in four years. neil: what is interesting, too, we go by the mouth that these
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guys are in office. as you can say, the real obama recovery began in february 2010 and that might well be the case. but we know that we judge these guys based on the time they are in office and your dad by the time he was up for reelection, we also had a net job gains and we are off to the races. this president is down despite those 4 million jobs he talks about since early 2010. how are americans would respond that? >> here's here is what they are doing at the convention. they are selling you that it was armageddon. 3.5 years ago it was worse than you think it was. it was armageddon. it was worse than what you think it was. that is what they are selling the american people. they are asking are you better
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off today than you were yesterday afternoon. and a lot will say no. if you would be in california, you would be paying over $4.50 for gas today. if you are a truck driver you would be paying almost $5 per gallon for gas. better off today than they were yesterday. neil: very quickly, i'm curious about are you better off than you were four years ago. your dad made this memorable. is that black and white? a lot of democrats tell me that, you know, it's not as convincing as it was for ronald reagan when he charged jimmy carter for that. even republicans say that it is a risky strategy because there is a way to get it nuanced. how do you think your dog would deal with it? >> i think my dad would deal with the way he did in 1980. he was facing 21% interest rates, 18% inflation, which we talked about before, unemployment at 7.8% going to
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10.2%, and turning it around the same way that coolidge did in the decade that he was he was president and what kennedy did, that is why 7.8 million jobs were created -- more jobs created after the recession -- the carter recession started back in 1980. neil: alright, buddy, very good to see you again. michael reagan. mark zuckerberg. i always believe in presidency, there are those seminal moments. i think -- i wouldn't call him a mindless liberal, but a liberal, he had a serious parting. that that was the first worries him like a glove in the white
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house. since that time, they haven't been more receptive to your word, have a? >> they have their own policies and both of the policies that i have found, shall we say lacking in their effectiveness, it is true that we are not losing 800,000 jobs a month. but we still have millions of jobs that we are short of when obama came into office. that is a program that in my judgment is a failure. he said the unemployment would never get out above 8%. it got up to over 10% and we are still about 8% for 42 months. which is a record. this is my judgment -- it's not -- it's not a statistic that supports any judgment of this is anything other than a failed policy. neil: what you make of the argument, the president will start to enunciate more tonight about don't judge us -- from the
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very beginning of the presidency -- judges by the work we had to do in the mess we inherited and from the time of recovery really kicked in in early 2010, not when we assumed office in 2009. if you count up from from early 2010, great things have happened, would he think of that >> i think that we should just look at the fact that the economy is growing at a rate of under 2%. in the face of this extraordinary fiscal and monetary stimulus, which is unprecedented in our history. if you think that this is an example of a working policy and do not have followed the economy and very different ways. it should be growing typically with a kind of stimulus that we have closer to 8% and we are under 2%. growth and gdp. a very anemic growth in terms of employment. we are facing huge problems, and i think these problems will be with us for quite a long time. neil: how long?
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>> nobody quite knows but i think it will be several years before we get beyond this. i don't think that we will get through this as long as president obama is president. one of the reasons is that he has made a point of turning the hostility and anger in the country to try to focus it against the business community. this is not the way to solve the problem. what you do is you try to unite the country together to try to resolve the problem. this is one of the things that has caused a lot of businesspeople to hold back from investments and pulled their cash in hand because they are so nervous and anxious about where this economy is going. neil: mort zuckerman, so great to have you. all right, john kerry, wrapping up his feature. a lector fine. i do want to make sure that i do exactly what we do, fair and balanced down to the second with a republican counterpart so that
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be happy. be healthy. neil: i think it's fair to say there are fewer business-types
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at this convention than the republican convention but they are not unheard of. frank nap, small be chamber of commerce, also someone who has been big nationally trying to represent small business interests. you say positively. do they say positively to in this administration? >> american sustainable business council is a coalition of over 50 organization, state and national that weapon help 50,000 -- that represent 150,000 small businesses. what we hear most pressing
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concern to a small business is fact we need more consumer demand. >> what does that mean? a lot of your colleagues have been saying, this president has not heard our pleas. >> i am not sure what pleas they are talking about. you heard earlier that obama administration has -- by 18%, and obama carry created a tax credit for small businesses, who' to offer he'll shumpg. health insurance, there are a number of things that obama administration is doing. we're saying is that our interest, do not match up with interest of big business, we speak for ourselves, we look at issues for what is going to impact small. we know if we can get more capital -- access to capital for small business, and allow more money to get to main street. that small businesses that are already creating over 50% of the
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net new jobs. neil: you see progress? >> absolutely. when you see numbers can't out friday, small businesses, under 49 are creating most of the jobs. neil: have you seen those? >> not yet but it has been every month this year. neil: thank you very much. you might see, the lights going up and down, if you have been to disney world, or epcot? that is what it reminds me of. republicans do this too. but i think that democrats they have far more videos, nicely done. but then it becomes epcot, and you stop what you are doing, and that is why lights go down, they do it very well. i almost feel like i have to hop on a ride, oh, woe. all right governor sarah palin is with us, how are you? >> great thank you neil. neil: do you look at these
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conventions and say, 4 years went by fast? >> i look at my kids and i say 4 kids has zipped by. looking at these convention, the one tonight, i'm trying to hang in there and pay attention to what they are saying, this is a bunch of bunch tonight in this democrat national convention, i am hoping that believe are not believing that growing centralized government, and allowing them take more from us, and results in taking away our initiative and more of our freedoms is the answer to get us out of the economic woeful times that we're in this is a bunch of bunk. neil: all right, that is to the point, i think, a few minutes ago, john kerry, -- do we have that? listen to this. >> folks, sarah palin said she could see russia from alaska,
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mitt romney talks like he only seen russia by watching rocky iv. neil: a tad condescending, what did you think? >> i think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name, how does he know my name. is he not the big wig type that -- i did say that in alaska you can see russia from our land base. and i was making a point we're strategically located to the globe. and the resources that are shared and fought over, and alaska and i as governor knew what i was doing in dealing with international issues. so it is funny he would take a pot shot like that but, funny he even knows my name.
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neil: i remember those remarks, when you made them. i know what context in which you meant them. the same party here, wants to give the president some slack when he said something about you didn't build that oh, you took it out of context. i guess what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. i am curious, governor, this ticket, they are jazzed. as were republicans last week when we last chatted. both basis for both parties seem ready to go. who do you think is more ready? >> i think that the republicans are more ready to g we are facing reality, our country is on a road toward bankruptcy. and insolvency we cannot go backyard to 4 more years of what obama has put us through. take and individual aspects of
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the economy. when you hear the speakers at democratic national convention the last couple days could talk about the specific aspects of the economy. they talk, say, republicans top wage war to women. -- want to wage war on women, women in the workplace today, the unemployment numbers have increased 15% under obama, women are having a tougher time finding a job under obama than they had under republican policies that were trying to rein in government. there are so many examples of these different aspects of our economy and how going backwards for more years will make things worse. it baffles me that, that women, would be buying into this bunk that you are hearing from the speakers. i think smart women know that the status quo has got to go. and the numbers speak for
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themselves, the republicans, dealing with math, hard facts and the numbers, the unmuch. unemployment numbers and debt numbers and deficit numbers, thing are out of control, and you look at what the republicans have promised to do to change it. i have to say the republicans are more prepared to go. neil: you know, you mentioned women, and yet despite among even working women, those trying to work, the higher unemployment rate, for minorities in particular african-americans, the president still has more women in his corner than does mitt romney. so far in the polls, he has a lock on 95, 96% of the african-american vote, despite 14 -- or 15% unemployment rate. why is that? if things are worse for them on that is that statistical level
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why are they in lockstep with this president? >> you hit the nail on the head, statistically we have proof things are worse for minorities, for women when it comes to job availability, and private sector able to grow and thrive. , allowing more jobs to be created. the numbers speak for themselves it probably is an emotional tie that people in some of these demographics would want have to with this president, wanting to give him the old college fry just one more time -- try just one more time, i thought it was a shame to see the button advertised. said once you vote black you never go back. a racist comment like that, that is being celebrated by the dnc, i am sure this is going to be
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taken from this interview, and people will condemn me for bringing it up, but this is at the democratic national convention, a button that people are wearing, once you go black, you never go back, how racist can that be? people need too open their eyes, current the numbers and do the -- current th current the numbeo what is right for their kids, we need new leaders who will turn things. we do not need to embrace the status quo, we do not need to enable and reward the failed policies of this administration, we have a choice. neil: governor, always a pleasure thank you. >> thank you, neil. neil: governor sarah palin, she gives back better than she gets, this is interesting, always after the fax. they still obsess about he her n 'that's right.
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good or bad? it is year, austin goolsbee. this president -- a real gentlemen, security was so fight, you were outside, you were phoning in. we snuck you in how are you? >> i am good, i was happy to get in. neil: you are an economic geni genius. help me with this math. this president has got to make you forget the first year of his presidency, what he created you can argue of good it was the country it would create a february 2010 recovery. but that does not negate the fact that it took a year on get that -- in that time a lot of jobs are lost, net-net he is town 2 million jobs, he will have a focus on 4 million gains since, which is fair. but do you think that voters will buy it?
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it? >> there is no 100% certainty, that mitta -- a political questi do not know if you step it in middle of something falling down, it is not appropriate to blame the person who came in the middle for the falling, i would argue alongically what happens -- logically what happens after the really first 6 or 8 months, the only anna analogy we have is closest t to 2004. george bush ran ads, we added one million jobs in the last year. when people criticized bush, and said, what about the jobs lost in the beginning, they said, look we inherited conditions that were not of our making, the recession of 2001, you should not pin that on the policies of the bush administration. because we didn't do that. i think the same thing is logically true about evaluating
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the obama policy the. you can say, you don't think that growth rate has been high enough the last two and a half years. but what some team do, saying let's go to february of '09 and count jobs lost when he has been in office for 10 days. neil: so far a fair point. but you are a professor. the incomplete thing, president said, if he had to grade himself now, he would give himself a incomplete. when i was this college, and i requested a incomplete. that meant i was a loser, i would surely fail, if not for that incomplete. >> but he has not failed. there is still a final exam. neil: you want 4 more years, and give me time, i'll get this grade right, right? >> all he is saying is the term is not over, the exam is on november 6, you can decide -- if
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it is the american people's choice. neil: i understand that, but if a student said, hey, professor, can i get an incomplete, i am very close to finishing the paper, what would do you? >> this happened to me a lot of times. if student said, how am i doing in this class, before the final, i would say, here is what we know so far, we do not know your grade yet, until we see your final. that is what i thought this was context. neil: i think you are giving this a kinder read. i am no professor, but i'm reading into this i'm not done. i know once i get this done, i will do okay. but, you will have to give me an incomplete so i can prove it to you. neil: what would you have prefehred he said, if context i
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described, the grade is not in yet. neil: but the grade is in. it is -- wait, the grade the election is based on how you are doing, that is the grade you get how people perceive, if you get a d or worse they are vote you out of office. what grade would you say for this president. >> i am not allowed to say know incomely the, i would say on what the conditions are, they are not great, on when he did, history will look back see that the avoiding of a depression was a major accomplishment. neil: you are the most political professor that i know. >> i am not, that is a major accomplishment, then i would give him a good grade.
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neil: you would give him a good grade? maybe i should have had you for teacher. right now, don't talk about what he -- right now. >> the conditions. neil: are you also a lawyer? >> b-minus. i am not a lawyer. neil: you talk like one. thank you, austin. all right we got -- a great guy, ted cruz. ted, you have been hearing some things that speakers have been saying here, they say your convention last week, a sham, like the land of oz. not one hint of reality, bill clinton said, you want to control and win back the white house because this guy did not clean up your mess fast enough, what do you say? >> i agree there is a big give
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difference between this week's convention and last week's convention in tampa, this tampa we talked about themes that unight us, restore freedom, to get back to the free market traditions of our nation, those are themes -- >> in great times -- neil: we lost our guest. this is dr. jill biden, the vice president's wife. his remarks are coming u soon, t ahead of that former american expressing ceo, we might have to bump into you. but what do you make of the business argument that austin goolsbee made, the incomplete grade is a fair one, the
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american people understand, your course is not done, give us a break. >> the convention has put a honing on a fable that they are creating about the causes of the recession, and ha happened since. the fact of the master is that -- fact of the matt ser that recession and recovery began in second quarter of 2009 according to federal reserve. by that point, with obama having done nothing, the economy had bottomed out, and was starting to get better. the idea he pulled us back from the abyss is nothing short of nonsense, the recovery already started. from that start, as of today according to the federal reserve, that is the second worse recovery since the end of world war ii in job growth, and the worst in economic growth.
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the idea that we have -- that he saved us from armageddon is nonsense, what he did was institute a whole series of policies that made this the worst recovery since the end of world war ii. neil: all right, when you heard bill clinton say last night, that no president could have turned this around in 4 years, any president, what do you make of that? >> i make of it was he was making an excuse for his own failure. most of the causes of housing crisis, were created during bill clinton's administration when he required the fannie mae and freddie mac to make 50% of their loins tsloansto people below me. and he ordered fannie and fred
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tfannie andfreddie to buy thosed securitize them. george bush to his credit, unsuccessful but to his credit, tried to rein in fannie and freddie, the fact that bill clinton said, that nobody could have done it, is providing an be cues to obama for his failure. neil: always good having you on. daryl hannah, is joining us now. she have very big environmental activist. and these are issues that are near and dear to her, daryl good to have. >> you thank you. neil: why this ticket? >> this ticket, truth and i'm not that thrilled about the aim of money that is being spent on
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these campaigns, and conventions. considering the economic struggles that people are in this this country, it is atrocious and criminal that this much money is spent on elections. neil: they both eschewed public campaign financing, they figure they can raise more money on their own, why does that worry you? >> well, i just -- i think that it is not necessary. you know, first of all people focus on such divisive issues rather than issues that are common to us all, protecting our clean water. clean air. clean soil, and food. those are basic needs we all rely upon and depend upon that are common to all of us, whether we're liberal or conservatives, i think those are the issues that we really need to consider when talking about policy. and the economics that goes into
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these campaigns, tend to skew things because, they are in the invested interest of the corporations that give them the money. neil: daryl, i would be remiss, if i did not mention clint eastwood's appearance at the republican national convention. neil: as i - -- >> as i said, i have not gone watching, there is a lot of political pundit that talk about candidates and policies and politic the. i am just more interested in protecting the things that are
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vital. neil: you think that barack obama speaks more to those needs than does mitt romney? >> well, if you think about what mr. romney and ryan said in relation to climate change, it is frightening, people have no homes because of the fires, and we'll experience higher food prices because of the drought, and people are still flooded out. they make it a joke, that is really frightening. i think that in terps of addressing these issues, you know, we have to be adamant in insisting whoever is our leader, these issues are focused on and given their right place in terms of value. neil: daryl hannah thank you very were. >> thank you. >> good having you on. all right now. outspoken congressman from new york.
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good to see you. >> good to be here. neil: what do you think is status of the base of this party right now. how jazzed are they. >> quite jazzed. a lot more after president clinton's speech yesterday, which reminded people of a lot of reasons why we're democrats. he is so masterful. he got people more enthusiastic. neil: a thought a lot of folks on floor, i talked with them they were impressed but said, why can't barack obama do that? whether you buy the politics or not, he is not doing that.
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>> everyone is different, bill clinton is probably the best political communicate or we've seen in generations. he takes, he is a conversationist, it is not a speech. very few people have that particular skill. when president obama speaks, he can up lift you. he is in a way that clinton does not, he can make your spirits soar, give you visions of where the country can be going in a different way, a vvry different style of speaking. i think there has been some criticism, that he has done great things, pulled this country out of the worst depression since great depression but not explained what he has done and why. neil: do you think that the people at home looking at this, who are dealing 52%.
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think that things are getting worse not better, are not sure that the people in this room get that? >> get that things are getting worse? >> that everyone is patting themselves on the back here. >> i don't think that people are patting themselves on the back. but, because the president made it clear, president clinton made it clear. we're not in a position to pat ourselveses to the back, we want things to go better. we know millions of people are still unemployed and hurting, having said that we're going to the right direction. look at where we were from -- >> that survey, said that 6 out of 10 people said we're not going got right direction. >> i think that president clinton and a lot of people here are saying that is wrong, we'll convince people of that. neil: it will be a tough job. >> well it a tough job saying that things are good, they are not good. no -- we're not saying they it is good. but, compare to where we were
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and how fast we've come, and we have been gaining -- we were gaining 250,000 jobs a month until the republicans congress refusal -- 250,000 is very large. but when you come from a depth of losing 8 million jobs in bush administration you have a long way to go. neil: you have a long way to go, if you keep blaming bush, don't you? >> no, the truth, -- whose fall it was, that is what happened at that time. neil: okay. >> that is statute -- there is no statute of limitation for what happens, we lost 8 million jobs, to get back from this is a long process. if you gain 3 and 400,000 -- 300,000 jobs a month, that is a large number, you need about 130,000 just to keep up with growth in the workforce. neil: a long haul.
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>> that is right, that is what people see, if you can do 300,000 a month, you are doing as well as this economy has done. neil: thank you very much. >> quite welcome. neil: before the vice president, another view of ted cruz, our satellite went out, what do you make of that what congress man said, the point this is an improving trend, to move something like we got takes time. >> well, i am glad to be back, i guess obama campaign cut our feed. you know, i don't think that congressman was saying is persuasive. if you look at last three and a half years, things are worse, when barack obama was elected president, national debt was $10 trillion, today it $16 trillion, it took 43 presidents, two centuries to build up $10 trillion in debt, and 3 1/2 years this president
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grew it 60%. if you look at growth of our economy, it has been anemic, it has been 1.7%, you are not getting 20 million people struggling for work back to work, if the gdp growth is that low. neil: ted, what is happening then. how you inspired a lot of folks in tampa with latino message, and to hispanics, but many claim here that is not the case. what is the disconnect that republicans have with latinos? >> i agree with you many here are trying to divide us, trying to put us all in groups and scare everyone. tell seniors that medicare will be taken away. and tell hispanics we're not welcome. and these -- i think these strategies are cynical, and they are sad. in particular from a candidate like barack obama. who 4 years ago ran such a positive optimistic campaign based on hope and change, now
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they have given to descending joe biden saying that is hateful things this scare people, you look at hispanic right now, unemployment is over 10%. and hispanic 2.3 million own small businesses, small businesses are the engages engines of job growth, and unfortunately this adminraising has raised taxes, increased regulations and made it harder and harder and harder for small businesses to create job, that is why sto so many people are struggling. neil: are you troubled that message holds, does it resonate? >> i think it is, i think that republican are doing a good job of focus onning what unites us. and bringing using it that is getting back to our free market tradition to limited government and understanding that there is roh limit to what free men and women can do, if given the
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opportunity to work for the american dream. and that is what out of control government gets in the way of. >> ted cruz thank you very much. always a pleasure, having you, last week in tampa and here. all right, vice president of the united states high was originally to spoken last night. bill clinton got the honor, so they truncated the vice president. between john kerry and his boss, barack obama. but do not underestimate this man, republicans like to make fun of him. he did very well in that debate with sarah palin. he is a very accomplished debater. this will be vice president's chance to show his own thunder. he is funny, joe biden. [cheers and applause]
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>> hello my fellow democrats. and my favorite democrat, julie, i want you to know that bo, and ashton and i are so proud of you. we admire the way that when every solitaire young person, they are not all young, walk in to your classroom, you not only teach them, you give them confidence. you give me confidence. and passion the passion she brings to trying to ease the burden on the families of our warriors. they know you understand them, that makes a gigantic differen
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difference. and folks, i tell you what, it was worth the trip to hear my wife say, what i never heard her say before. she has always loved me. if that is the case why in the heck did it take 5 times of asking you, that's true, 5 tim times. i don't know what i would have done kido, had you on that fifth time said no, i love you, you are the love of my life, and the life of my love. [cheers and applause] you have three incredible kids. and bo, i want to thank you for putting my name and nomination
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to be vice president of the united states, i accept. i accept. the great honor and please our, i accept, thank you. thank you my fell low democrats. i say to my fellow americans, four years ago, a battered nation turned away from the failed policies of the past, and turned to a leader who they knew would lift our nation out of the crisis. a journey a journey we have not finished yet. we know we still have more to do. but today, i say to my fellow citizens, and the face of deepest economy crisis in our lifetime, this generation of
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americans has proven itself as worthy as any generation before us. that same grit, that same determination. that same courage, that is always defined what it means to be an american has always defined all of you. together, we're on a mission, to move this nation forward from doubt and downturn. to promise and prosperity. a mission i guarantee you, we wilwill come. a mission we will complete. [cheers and applause] folks, tonight what i really want to do, is tell you about my friend barack obama.
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[cheers and applause] no one could tell it has well as michelle. as did you last night, michelle, monday night. but i know him to state obvious from a different perspective. i know him. i want to show you, i want show show you the character of a leader, who had what it took when the american people literally stood on the brink of a new depression. a leader who has what it takes to lead us over the next 4 years, to a future as great as our people. i want to take you inside the of white house. to see the president as i see him every day because i don't see him in sound bites, i walk 30 paces down the hall, into the oval office, and i see him, i
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watch him in action. 4 years ago the middle class of already losing ground, then the bottom fell out. the financial crisis hit like a sledgehammer on all the people i grew up with. you remember the headlines, you saw some of them in the previews. highlights, highest job losses in 60 years. headlines, economy on the brink. markets plummet worldwide. from the very moment president obama sat behind the desk resolute in the oval office he knew, he knew he had not only to restore the confidence of the nation, but he had to restore the confidence of the whole world. he also knew that one, one false
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move could bring a run on the banks or a critical lapse to put another several million people out of work. america and the world needed a strong president with a steady hand. and with the judgment and vision to see us through. day after day, night after night, i sat beside him as he made one gutsy decision after the other. to stop the slide, and reverse it. i watched him. i watched him stand up, i watched him stand up to pressure and staistare down challenges, t of all, i got to see first hand what drove this man.
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his profound concern for the average american, he knew, he knew that no matter how tough this decisions, he had to make were in this oval office, he knew that families all over america, sitting at their kitchen tables, were making decisions for their families that were equally add consequential. you know that barack and i have been through a lot together in the four years, we've learned a lot about one another. one thing i learned about barack and the enormity of his heart, and he learned about me. the depth of my loyalty to him. [cheers and applause] there is another thing, another thing that is bound us together
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the past 4 years, we had a pretty good idea what all those families all you americans, in trouble, were going through. in part because our own families had gone through similar struggles. barack as a young man, had to sit at the end of his mother 's hospital bed and watch her fight with her insurance company. at the very same time she was fighting for her life. when i was a young kid this third grade, i remember my dad coming up stair at may grand pop's house where we lived in, sitting at the end of my bid saying, joe -- my bid, saying, joey, i'm going to have to leave for a while, go to wilmington, delaware with uncle frank, there are good jobs down there, honey, in a little while i will be able to send for you, mom, jimmy and
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val, and it will be fine. for the rest of our lives, my sister and my brothers, my dad never failed to remind us that a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. it is about your dignity. [cheers and applause] it is about respect. it is about your place in the community. it is about being able to look your child in the eye, and say, honey, it is going o going to b, and mean it, and continue is true. -- and know it is true. when barack and i were glowing up, there of a understanding in america. that if you took responsibility, you would get a fair shot at a better life, and the values. the values behind that bargain
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were the values that shaped both of us. many, many of you. today, the same values are barack's guiding star. folks, i watched him, he has never waiverred. he never backs down. he always steps up, and he always asks, in every one of those critical meetings, the same fundamental question, how is this going to affect the average american? how cans this going to affect people's lives? that is what is inside this man. that is what makes him tick. that is who he is. [cheers and applause] folks, because of the decisions he made, and the strength of the
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american people, america has turned the corner. the worst job loss since the great depression, we since created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the last 29 months. look close. president obama and governor romney, they are both loving husbands, and devoted fathers. but let's be straight, they bridge a vastly different vision, and different value set to the job. and tonight, tonight although you heard people talk about it, i want it talk about two things from a different perspective. from my perspective. i like to focus on two crises. and show you, show you the character of a leadership. each man will bring to this job.
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because i said, i had a ring side seat. the first of these, a lot has been talked about and god love jennifer grant holm, wasn't she great? but the first story to talk to you about, is the rescue of the automobile industry. let me tell you, let me tell you from this man's ring side seat, let me tell you about how barack obama saved more than a million american jobs, in the first days, first days that we took office, general motors and chrysler were on the verge of liquidation. if the president did not act immediately, there would be no industry left to save.
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so we sat hour after hour in the or av office -- oval office, michelle remembers. he sat, we sat hour after hour. we listened to senators, congressmen. outside advisors and our own, we listened to say, they said, we should not step up. the risks, the risks were too high. the outcome, was too uncertain. and the president he sat there and listened. but he didn't see it the way they. did he understood something they did not get, one of the reasons that i love him, high understood this this was not just about cars. it was about the people who built and made those cars. and about the america those people build. in those meetingss i often
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thought about my dad, my dad was an automobile man, he would have bp one of those guys all the way down the line, one of those guying selling american cars to american people. i thought about what this crisis would have meant for the mechanics and secretaries, and sales people, who my dad managed for over 35 years. i know for certain, that my dad were he here today, he would be fighting like heck for the had the. because the president out the to save the jobs of those people my dad cared so much about. ladies and gentlemen, my dad reported baracrespected barack r
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having had the guts to stand up. when i look back -- when i look back now, on the president's decision, i think of another son of another automobile man, met mitt, no, no, mitt romney, grew up in detroit. my dad managed his dad owned, well his dad ran an entire automobile company, american motors, despite of that he was willing to let detroit go bankrupt, i don't think he is a bad guy. i am sure he grew up, loving cars, as much as i did, but what i don't understand, and think he understood, that saving the
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automobile worker, saving the industry, what it meant to all of america, not just the auto workers. i think he saw the bain way. i think he saw it in terms of balance sheets and write-offs. folks, the bain way may bring your firm the highest profits but it is not the way to lead our country from the highest office. when things -- when things -- when things hung in the balance, literally hung in the balance, the president understood this is about a lot more than the automobile industry. this is about restoring america's pride. he understood, he understood in
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his gut, what it would mean to leave a million people without hope or work if he did not act. and heal knew, he also knew and understood the message it would have sent around the world. if the united states gave up on a industry that helped put america on the man in the first place. [cheers and applause] conviction, resolve, barack obama. that is what saved the automobile industry. [cheers and applause] convict, resolve, barack obama. look. you heard my friend john kerry. this president, this president, has shown the same resolve, the
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same steady hand, in his role as commander in chief, this brings me to the next il illustration o tell you bthe next crisis he faced, in 2008 before he was president, barack obama made a promise to the american people, he said, if i -- if we have bin laden in our sights, we will we will take him out. he said, he went on to say, that has to be our biggest national security priority. look, barack understood that the search for bin laden was about a lot more than taking a monsterrous leader off of the battle field, it was about so much more. it was about righting a wrong.
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it was about healing, a an embearable wound, he knew message he had to sip around world. if you attack, innocent americans we'll tell you to the end of the earth. look, most of all, most will all, president obama had an unyielding faith in the capacity and capability of our special
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forces, the finest warriors in the history of the world. the finest warriors in history of the world. so we sat, there were 5 of us, we sat in the situation room could beginning in the fall of year before. we listened, we talked. we heard. and he listened. to the risks and reservations about the raid. he asked against the tough questions, he listened to the doubts that were expressed. but when admirable mccrave mccraven looked him in the eye and said sir, we can get this job done, i sat next to him, and i knew at that moment, he made his
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decision, his response was decisive, he said, do it, and justice was done. folks, folks, governor romney did not see things that way, when he was asked about bin laden in 2007, he said -- this is not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just to catch one pers person. he was wrong. he was wrong. because if you understood that america's heart had to be healed, you would have done what the president did and you would nov heaven and earth to hunt him
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down. and to bridge him to justice. -- bring him to justice, look, 4 years ago. the only thing missing at this convention this year, is my mom, 4 years ago my mom was with us, sitting in stadium in denver, i quoted her, i quoted her, one of her favorite epregs epression, e would say bravely resides in every heart and the time will come when it must be summoned, ladies and gentlemen, i'm here to tell you, what i think you already know, that i watch it up close. bravely resides in the heart of barack obama, and time and time again, i wented him summon it, this man has courage in his
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soul. and compassion in his heart, and a spine of steel. and because of all of the actions he took, because of the calls he made, because of the determination of american workers and unparallel bravely of our armed special forces, we can now proudly say what you heard me say the last 6 months, osama bin laden is dead, and general motors is,a alive. one man, folks. we know we know we have more work to do, we know we're not there yet. but not a day has gone by and the last 4 years, when i had not been grateful as an american, to barack obama is our president,
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because he always has the courage to make the tough decisions. [cheers and applause] speaking of tough decisions, tough calls, last week, we heard at the republican national convention, we heard them pledge they too had the courage to make cough calls, that is what they id. folks, in case you didn't noti notice, i say to my fellow americans, they did not have the courage to tell you what calls they would make. they never mentioned that. mrs. robinson, you watched from
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home, i guess, from the white house, you heard them talk so much about how they cared so much about medicare. how much they wanted to preserve it. that is what they told you, let's look at what they done tell you. they done tell you is -- plan they put down on paper, would immediately cut benefits for more than 30 million seniors already on medicare, they didn't tell you the plan they are proposing would cause medicare to go bankrupt by 2016. and what they really did not tell you is, they if you want to know, they are not for preserving medicare at all. they are a new plan. called voucher care. look, folks, that is not
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courage. that is not truthful. that is not truthful. in tampa, they talk with great urgency. about the nation's debt. and the need to act, to act now. but not once, not one single time did they tell you they rejected every plan put forward by us, by the bipartisan simpson bowls col mission they reverended or any group to reduce the national debt, why? because they are not prepared. to do something about the debt, if it contained one dollar, i am not exaggerating could one dollar or one crept i cent in ns for millionaires, folks that is not fair. look, look, in a sense, this
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could be reduced to a single notion, two men seeks to lead this country over the knocks next four years, have fundamentally different visions and different values. governor romney believes, in this global economy, it does not matter where american companies invest, and put their money, or where they create jobs. in his budget proposal, and his tax proposal he calls for a new tax, a territorial tax. that expert have look at. and they acknowledge. it will create $8 -- 8thousand new jobs, all ow overseas, i fod fascinating, romney said as president, he would take a jobs tour.
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it will have to be a foreign trip. it will. look. president obama knows that creating jobs in america, keeping jobs in america, bringing jobs back to america is what the president's job is about. that is what had thees do. -- presidents do or supposed to do. folks, governor romney believes it is okay to raise taxes on middle class by $2,000 to pay for another trillion dollar tax cut for the very wealthy. president obama knows, that there is nothing decent or fair about asking people with more to do less, and with less to do more. governor romney believes he believes that kids, like our dreamers, those immigrant children, who are brought to
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america, new though fall of theifall oftheir own, a drag one american economy. president obama believes, they have chosen to do right by america, and time for us to do right by them. [cheers and applause] governor romney -- looking at the notion of everybod equal pas of a company's bottom line, and president obama, by making sure our daughters get same pag pay,s every father's bottom line.
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one thing perplexed me. the idea they kept talking about the culture of dependency. they seem to think you create's culture of kid away to college or a job training program in a new industry or a dad who lost his job because it was outsourced. folks, that is not how we look at it. that is not how america has ever looked at it. what you don't understand is that all these men and women are looking for a chance to acquire the skills to be able to provide for their families so they can once again hold their heads high and lead independent lives with dignity. that is all they are looking for. [cheers]
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[applause] it amazes me that they don't understand that. you know, i told you the outset, the choice is stark. two different visions and values that. but at its core, the distance is greatly reduced to be a fundamental difference. you see that most americans have incredible faith in the decency and hard work of the american people, and we know what has made this country. it is the american people. as i mentioned at the outset. four years ago, we were hit hard. you saw your retirement accounts drained. the equity in your home spanish. jobs lost along the line. what did you do as americans? what you have always done. you did not lose faith. you fought back. you didn't lay down, you got
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upgraded you are the ones. you are the reason why we are still in it any better position than any country in the world to leave the 21st century. you never quit on america and you deserve a president who will never quit on you. [cheers] [applause] there is one more thing. one more thing a republican opponents are dead wrong about. america is not in decline. america is not in decline. i have news for governor romney and congressman paul ryan. gentlemen, never ever -- it would never make sense -- that has never been a good bet to bet against the american people.
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[cheers] [applause] my fellow americans, america is coming back. and we are not going back. we have no intention of downsizing the american dream. never a good bet. in a moment we are going to hear from a man whose whole life is a testament to the power of that dream. and whose presidency is the best hope to secure that dream for our children. you see, dc future.
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we honest to god do. we see a future for everyone. rich and poor, where everyone does their part and has upon it. a future where we depend more on clean energy him home and less on oil from abroad. where we are number one and college graduations and we promote the private sector and not the privileged sector. a future where women control their health and we control our health care. it is in our dna where no one is forced to live in the shadows of intolerance. [cheers]
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[applause] folks, we hope to see a future where we set up our in our example thread where we bring our troops home from afghanistan just as we probably did from iraq. a future where we fulfill the only truly sacred obligation that we have as a nation. the only truly sacred obligation that we have. where we care for them when they come home from war. tonight is the night. tonight, i would like to
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acknowledge as we showed every night, the incredible depth that we owe to the families of those 6473 fallen angels. those 746,000 wounded critically. thousands who are going to need our help for the rest of their lives. folks, we must never ever forget their sacrifice. we must always keep them in our thoughts and prayers. my fellow americans, we now find ourselves at the hinge of history.
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in the direction that we turn, it does not fit figuratively in your hands. it is literally in your hands. it has been a truly great honor to serve you and to serve with barack obama, who as always it up for the last four years. i have seen and tested. i have known his strength and his command and his faith. i also know the incredible confidence that he has in all of you. i know this man. yes, the work of recovery is not yet complete. we are on our way. the journey of hope is not yet finished but we are on our way. and the cause of change is not fully accomplished, but we are on our way. so i say to you tonight, with absolute confidence, america's best days are ahead, and yes, we are on our way.
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[cheers] [applause] in light of that horizon for the values that define us and the ideals that inspire us, there is only one choice. that choice is to move forward. finish the job and reelect president barack obama. [cheers] [applause] god bless you all and may god protect our troops. god bless you, thank you. thank you. [cheers] [applause] neil: i am going to go out on a limb and say that he wants barack obama. joe biden. a pretty darn good speaker. joining his wife right now. the fact of the matter is there have been talks. a few weeks ago even, some of his controversial remarks.
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some saying that barack obama would do well to replace them. joe biden stays on the ticket. a word of warning to paul ryan, this guy is nobody's fool. ♪ tomoko. neil: what did you think, governor? >> we have a little fun. i think i was the only speaker that mention god and guns in the same speech. and i think i said more nice things about mitt romney than anybody else that. neil: yes you did, yes, you did. not a lot of people did, though. i know people say the exception
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is that leads me to believe -- this is still going to be a nasty race. >> that is the way that politics are. you get all kinds of rascal things and run things and the other rascal say something more wrong. heck, i'd turn those ads off. maybe fox would be broken up into that we won both sides. we are going to be hearing. of course, the state of illinois, there is a video that shows a barack obama that we did the exact same thing with mitt romney -- we are timing this exactly even to the second. michele obama and the video afterwards. then michele obama, i do want to continue with the governor. how do you think this is faring so far beyond this room? last night, in particular,
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people have the opportunity to see the big picture. bill clinton laid it out. he said look, we have are these ideas before. this recipe that is being proposed for the future on the republican side is the same recipe that he used to get the bus in the ditch. now we have a bus out of the pits and we haven't turned back on its wheels and we are heading down the right path -- neil: you don't think you are digging a deeper debt? >> not by any stretch of the imagination. neil: did you forget already october 15, 2008, -- >> did you forget that every bend in the world wasn't sure they were going to survive another day? neil: the bush bailouts and those kinds of things? >> i think that we didn't have any choice. people in america need to understand that our banking system is predicated on the federal reserve moving money to these banks and then these banks loaning it to private businesses we want to do think anything
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like that could have been? >> oh, yeah it could happen again. neil: what would we do if you haven't been? >> we would bail them out in. neil: the sole financial law seems to negate that. we can't let it happen. >> we can't let it happen and by the way, we were on the brink. we didn't know if we were in 1929 or worse. we weren't in 1929. we have managed to move our way back to a better place. how would you like to be doing business in europe and spain and portugal? in england? everybody would rather invest in the united states and that is why our stock market has doubled. it has doubled during last four years. we are on the mend. we have more to do. the. neil: bill clinton, last night, as did joe biden tonight, talked about all the republicans are doing wrong and all the democrats are doing right. it is almost like bill clinton
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did encourage lending in the booming housing market and completed the reinvestment act with the best of intentions, which spurred something that became a debacle. >> everything a democrat does is not perfect in everything a republican does is not wrong. there are two different ideas for the future of this country. there is a large number of people in the middle like myself who say that we will steal ideas from the left and steal ideas from the left and turn them around and like montana, a record budget surpluses, cut taxes and invest more money in education. neil: okay, governor. >> even a blind squirrel can find about. neil: thank you very much. stick around with us. we are waiting for a video that encapsulates the packaging of the candidate. i don't have a crass way to put it. we show you that her when we
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would be here in charlotte, we would do the same thing for president obama and we have been that even about coverage on keynote addresses and the respective spouses, ann romney and of course, michele obama. in this case, setting up the argument, why barack obama deserves another four years. these videos are an important part of the message of the invention to get the word out that the respective nominees have a story to tell, a message to relay, and in the case of rock obama, a justification to make, in his case, for four more years. on the heels of this address, just as bring you up to speed, we had a very strong bid the stock market. the markets have effectively doubled under this president's watch. we heard from republicans but called it a big bounce off of ridiculous lows. each side is going to run with however they want to interpret
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that. we are also getting world word tonight, china, one of the strongest economies trying to respond to a slowdown is going to strengthen its economy and contribute a lot of money to infrastructure to try to get that chinese economy turned around. it is vital for the world market because if china goes down from whatever recovery we are talking about will be short. china is a big owner of a lot of u.s. debt. we are watching that closely and also the foreign markets in the vicinity of 1.5 or 2% following this news out of china. following news of the european central bank, but they will be rescuing a lot of countries that the governor just referred to. all of this on the heels of the big employment report. due out bright and early tomorrow morning.
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barack obama to close the deal, the story of his campaign, the message of his party. ♪ ♪ >> we've been through a lot together. but we have known tough times before. ♪ ♪ what carries us through and helps us endure. what are the qualities essential
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to us and leaders who have occupied this office. >> he did some things knowing that they would not be popular in the short run that would lay the foundation for recovery. no other country in the world would give up the capacity to manufacture cars like we have. so we did with the what the government is supposed to do in a case like that. >> do not rest of the automobile industry. it was overwhelming. look at the polling numbers do not a country in the midst of a financial crisis that no one really, you know, knew the depths of the challenges that were coming. i think he had a sense. >> migrant sentiment of the depression. they knew what it was like for people not to have things. we all understand that it is more than a paycheck. it gives you dignity and a sense of purpose. >> he said that you guys have to
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work together and everybody has to have some skin. you have to have the ability to modernize iraq everyone says that's not going to work. but guess what? 80,000 more people working in the car business than we did before the restructuring in the past. middle-class jobs that people can raise a family on. a decent wage. >> we have gone from an economy that was shedding jobs to one that has been consistently creating jobs at all sectors. every night, he is up until one or 2:00 o'clock in the morning with big stack of briefing books. he reads the letter this that he gets from people all over america. >> as they put it, they are some of the most informative pieces of material that he gets that keeps him grounded anyone who has children knows that no matter what you do, your kids think that they are the most important people in the room. we sit around the dinner table and he is the last person to be
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asked, oh, yeah, how is your day, dad? he is really an afterthought. >> he never starts a conversation by saying, what is the best political decision here? what will help us the most two number. >> he wasn't going to back out just because it got hard. just because it did not poll well. that has never been who he is and certainly not how he will ever govern this country. >> when my mom got cancer, she wasn't a wealthy woman and it pretty much drained all her resources. >> watching your mother die of something that could've been prevented, that is a tough thing to deal with. >> the reason he pushed ahead, knowing that there could be horrible political consequences, is that health care costs have gone up three times the rate of inflation. this is a huge economic issue.
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because we spend 17.5% of our income on health care. neil: hundreds of thousands of dollars, you know, imagine working class moms, opening up that kind of bill. you know? somebody saying that her with a straight face. that understanding of that kind of reality for millions of americans. it drove him to make sure that this legislation passed. it takes a conscious effort to stay connected with what is going on in people's lives are at. >> this was a matter of principle for him. he said he was going to do it and he did it. >> you hired the president to make the calls were no one else can do it. he had to decide. that is one thing that george
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bush said is that the president is the decider in chief. >> we were only about 50% sure that bin laden was in that compound. i have 1% confidence in our navy seals. >> i sat in a room with him when we were getting feeds on what was going on at the time. he sat there resolute, concerned, just watching. we got him and confirmed it. kamen explained every. >> tonight i can report to the american people and the world. >> he took the harder and the
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more honorable path, and the one that produced, in my opinion, the best results. when i saw what had happened, i thought to myself, i hope that is the call i would make. it was just the right thing to do. >> we have a long way to go. but with every new beginning, every homecoming, every step forward, we remember who we are. what is really allowing this economy to heal and get us moving again is the resilience and the strength and church are of the american people. they do not quit. they do not give up. partly because of family and partly because of a sense of community. patriotism and pride in this country. they keep going.
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♪ ♪ that is the incredible gift that the american people keep giving back to me in this job. [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] >> thank you so much. tonight, i am so thrilled and honored and so proud to introduce the love of my life, the father of our two girls, and the president of the united states of america red barack obama. [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause]
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [cheers] [applause] ♪ [cheers] [applause] >> thank you.
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thank you. thank you. [cheers] [applause] >> thank you so much. thank you very much, everybody. michelle, i love you so much. a few nights ago, everybody was reminded just what a lucky man i am.
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malia and sasha, we are so proud of you. and you do have to go school in the morning. [laughter] joe biden, thank you for being the very best vice president i could have ever hoped for and being a strong and loyal friend. [cheers] [applause] madam chairman, delegates come i , i accept your nomination for president of the united states. [cheers] [applause]
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[cheers] [applause] the first time i address this convention in 2004, i was a younger man. [laughter] a senate candidate from illinois who spoke about hope. not blind optimism and not wishful thinking, but hope in the face of difficulty. hope in the face of uncertainty. that dog and face in the future that pushes the nation forward even when the road is long. eight years later, that hope has
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been tested. by the cost of war, by the worst gridlock in which we wonder if it was possible to tackle the challenges of our time. i know that campaigns can seem small, even silly sometimes. trivial things become big distractions. the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money. and advertising. if you are sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me, so amide. [cheers] [applause] when all is said and done, when you pick up the ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a
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generation. over the next few years, big decisions will be made in washington on jobs, the economy, taxes, and deficits, energy, education, war and peace. decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and on our children's lives for decades to come. on every issue, the choice that you face won't just be between two candidates or two parties. it will be a choice between two different paths for america. a choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future. ours is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class in the strongest economy the world has ever known. [cheers] [applause] the values that my grandfather defended as a soldier. the values that drove my grandmother to work on an
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assembly line while he was gone. they knew that they were part of something larger. a nation turns out the world's best products, and everyone shared in that pride and success from the corner office to the factory floor. my grandparents were given the chance to go to college and fulfill the basic bargain at the heart of america's story. the promise that hard work will pay off and responsibility will be rewarded. that everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules from main street to wall street to washington dc. [cheers] [applause]
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i ran for president because i saw that basic bargain slipping away. i began my career helping people in the shadow of a shuttered steel melts at a time when too many good jobs were starting to move overseas trade by 2008, we had seen nearly a decade where families struggled with the cost or kept rising and the paychecks but didn't. folks, racking up more and more debt, just to make the mortgage or put gas in the car and food on the table, when the house of cards collapsed during the great recession, millions of innocent americans lost their jobs and homes and their life savings. a tragedy from which we are still fighting to recover. now, our friends down in tampa, at the republican convention, were more than happy to talk about everything that they think is wrong with america. but they didn't have much to say about how they would make it right. they want your vote, but they
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don't want you to know their plan. that is because all they have to offer is the same prescriptions that they have had for the last 30 years. have a slur plus, try a tax cut. the deficit is too high, try another. you feel a cold coming on, take two tax cuts, rollbacks and regulations, and call us in the morning. [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] now, i have cut taxes for those who need it. middle-class families, small businesses, but i don't believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires would bring good jobs to our shores or pay down our deficit.
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i don't believe that firing teachers or kicking students off of financial aid will grow the economy or help us compete with the scientists and engineers coming out of china. after all we have been through, i do not believe that rolling back regulations on wall street will help the small businesswoman expand or the laid-off construction worker keep his home. we have been there and we have tried that and we are not going back. we are moving forward, america. [cheers] [applause] i'm not pretending that the path is quick and easy. i never have. you did not elect me to tell me what you wanted to hear. you elected me to tell you the truth. [cheers] [applause]
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to this it will take more than a few years to solve challenges that have built up over decades. it will require common effort and shared responsibility and a bold, persistent experimentation that drink when roosevelt pursued her and the only crisis worse than this one. by the way, those of us who carry on his party's legacy, to remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from washington. but knowing this, america, our problems can be solved. our challenges can be met. the path we are o nmay be hard, but it leads to a better place, and i am asking you to choose that the future. i am asking you to rally. around a set of goals for your country. schools in manufacturing, energy, education, national security and the deficit. real, achievable plans that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild its
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economy on a stronger foundation. that is what we can do in the next four years, and that is why i am running for a second term as president of the united states. [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] we can choose a future where we export more products and outsource fewer jobs. after a decade that was defined by what we bought an and borrow, we are getting back to basics and getting back to what america does best. we are making things again. i have met workers in detroit and toledo who feared they would never build an american car again. and today they cannot build them
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fast enough because we reinvented the dying auto industry that is back on top of the world. i have worked with business leaders who are bringing jobs back to america. not because our workers make less pay, but because we make better products. because we work harder and smarter than anyone else. i have signed trade agreements that are helping our companies sell more goods to millions of new customers. goods that are stamped with three proud words -- made in america. in a decade of decline, we created over a half million manufacturing jobs in last two years. now, you have a choice.
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we can give more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here in the united states of america. we can help small businesses doubled their exports. if we choose this path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. you can make that happen and you can choose that future. after 30 years of inaction, we raised standards and so by the middle of the next decade, cars and trucks will go twice as far in a gallon of gas. we have doubled our use of renewable energy and thousands of americans have jobs today
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building wind turbines and batteries. we have cut oil imports by 1 million barrels per day in the last year. more than any administration in recent history. today, the united states of america is less dependent on foreign oil than at anytime in the last two decades. [cheers] [applause] so now you have a choice. between a strategy that reverses this progress or one that builds on it. we have open millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration and we will open more. but unlike my opponent, i will not let our coastline be endangered or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers. we are offering a better path. [cheers] [applause]
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we are offering a better path. a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal. where farmers and scientists harvest biofuels to power our cars and trucks and construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy. where we develop 100 year supply of natural gas that is right beneath our feet. if you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone. and yes, my plan will reduce the carbon pollution that is heeding our planet. it is causing more droughts and wildfires and floods and it's not a joke. it is a threat to our children's future. in this election, you can do something about it.
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[cheers] [applause] choose a future where more americans can gain the skills they need no matter how old they are how much money they have. education is the gateway for opportunity for me and michelle. it was the gateway for most of you. now, more than ever, it is the gateway to a middle-class life. for the first time in a generation, nearly every state has answered our call to raise their standards for teaching and learning. some of the worst schools in the country have made real gains in math and reading. millions of students are paying less for college today because we finally took on a system that wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on banks and lenders.
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now, you have a choice. we can cut education or we can decide that in the united states of america, no child should have his or her dreams deferred because of a crowded classroom or a crumbling school. no family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don't have the money. no company should have to look for workers overseas because they couldn't find any here at home. that is not our future. that is not our future. the government has a role in this, but teachers must inspire, principles must lead. parents must instill a thirst for learning and students -- you have to do. parents must instill a thirst for learning and students -- you have to do the work. [cheers] [applause] together, i promise you, we can out educate and outcompete any nation on earth. so help me, help me recruit
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100,000 math and science teachers within 10 years and improve early childhood education. help give 2 million workers go to community college that will lead directly to impact their jobs. help us with colleges and universities to cut in half the growth of tuition costs over the next two years. we can meet that goal together. you can choose that future for america. that is our future. you know, in the a world of new threats and new challenges, you can choose leadership that has been tested and proven. four years ago, i promise to end the war in iraq and we did. [cheers]
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[applause] i promise to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have. we have wanted to tell a band's momentum in afghanistan and in 2014, or long this war will be over. a new tower rises above the new york skyline and osama bin laden is dead. [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] tonight we pay tribute to the americans who still serve in harm's way. we are forever in debt to a generation whose sacrifice has made this country safer and more respected. we will never forget you.
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so long as i am commander in chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. when you take off her uniform, we will serve you as well as you have served us because no one who fight for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their head or the care that they need when they come home. [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] around the world we have strengthened old alliances and forged new coalitions to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. we have reasserted our power across the pacific and stood up to china on behalf of our workers. from burma to libya to south sudan, we have advanced the rights and dignity of all human beings. men and women. christians and muslims and jews. for all of the progress that we
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have made, challenges remain. terrorist plots must be disrupted. europe's crisis must be contained. our commitment to israel's security must not waver. neither must our pursuit of peace. the iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions. with change sweeping across the world must be defined not by the iron fist of a dictator or hate of extremist, but by the hopes and aspirations of ordinary people that are reaching for the same rights that we celebrate here today. so now we have a choice. [applause] my opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy. [cheers] [applause] but from all we have seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and
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blundering that cost america so dearly. after all, you don't call rush our number one enemy. unless you are still stuck in a cold war mindset. [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] my opponent said that it was tragic to end the war in iraq. and he won't tell us how he will end the war in afghanistan. well, i have and i will. [cheers] [applause] while my opponent would spend more money on military hardware, our joint chiefs don't even want, i will use the money we are no longer spending on board
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to pay down our debt and put more people back to work, rebuilding roads and bridges and schools and runways because after all, it cost us thousands of lives. it is time to do some nationbuilding right here at home. [cheers] [applause] can choose a future where we reduce our deficit without sticking it to middle-class. independent experts say that my plan would cut our deficit by $4 trillion. i worked with congress to cut a billion dollars in spending. those of us who believe that government can be a force for good should work so that it is leaner and more responsive to
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the american people. [cheers] [applause] i want to reform the tax code's so it is simple and fair and ask the higher wealthy households to pay taxes. the same way that we had when bill clinton was president and our economy created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest surplus in history and a whole lot of millionaires to boot. now, i am still eager to reach an agreement based on the principles of my bipartisan that commission. no party has a monopoly on wisdom. no democracy works without compromise. i want to get this done, and we can get it done. but when governor romney and his friends in congress tell us that we can lower our deficits by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy, well, what did bill clinton collect? you do the arithmetic.
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you do the math. [cheers] [applause] i refuse to go along with that. and as long as i'm president, i never will. i refuse to ask middle-class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaires tax cuts. [cheers] [applause] i refuse to ask students to pay more for college or kick children out of head start programs to eliminate health insurance for millions of americans were poor and elderly or disabled also that those with the most can pay less. i'm not going along with that. [cheers] [applause] and i will never -- i will never turn medicare into a voucher. [cheers]
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[applause] no american should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. they should retire with the care and dignity that they have earned. yes, we will reform and strengthen medicare for the long haul. but we will do it by reducing the cost of health care. not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more. [cheers] [applause] and we will keep the promise of social security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it, not by turning it over to wall street. [cheers] [applause] this is the choice that we now face. this is what the election comes down to. over and over, we have been told by her opponents that bigger tax cuts and fewer regulations are the only way.
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but since government can't do everything, it should do almost nothing. if you can't afford health insurance, hope that you don't get sick. if you can't afford to start a business or go to college, take my opponent's advice and borrow money from your parents. [cheers] [applause] you know what, that is not who we are. that is not what this country is about. as americans, we believe that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, rights that no man or government can take away. we insist on personal responsibility and we celebrate individualism. we are not entitled to success. we have to earn it.
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we honor the strivers and dreamers and risk takers and entrepreneurs who have always been the driving force behind our free enterprise system, the greatest engine of growth and prosperity that the world has ever known. but we also believe in something called citizenship. [cheers] [applause] citizenship. a word at the very heart of our founding. a word at the very essence of our democracy. it only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and future generations. we believe that when a ceo paces autoworkers enough to pay the auto workers the whole company does better. we believe that when a family can no longer be tricked into signing a mortgage they can't afford, that family is protected
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but so is the entire economy and the value of other people's homes. we believe that a child that is offered a grant to attend college could become a science teacher or the president of the united states and that is in our power to give him or her that chance. [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] we know that churches and churches can often make more of a diffence than a poverty program alone. we don't want handouts for people who refuse to help themselves, and we certainly don't want bailouts for banks that break the rules. we don't think that government can solve all of our problems. but we don't think that the government is the source of all of our problems.
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any more than our welfare recipients or corporations or unions or immigrants or gays or any other group that we are told to blame. [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] because america, we understand this democracy is ours. we, the people. we recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights. that our destinies are bound together. the freedom which asks only what is in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others and a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism is unworthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their
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defense. [cheers] [applause] as citizens, we understand that america is not about what can be done for us. it is about what can be done by us. together. through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. that is what we believe. it wasn't about me. it was about you. my fellow citizens, you were the change. you are the reason that there is a little girl with a heart disorder in phoenix who gets the surgery she needs because an insurance company cannot live in her coverage. you do that. [cheers] [applause]
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you are the reason that a young man in colorado who never thought he could afford his dream of earning a medical degree, you made that possible. you are the reason the young immigrant who pledged allegiance to our flag and went to school here will no longer be deported from the only country that she has called home. you are the reason why selfless soldiers no matter who they are who they love not be taken out of the army serving us bravely. welcome home. welcome home. you did that. you did that. you did that. [cheers] [applause]
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if you buy into the cynicism of the change we fought for is impossible, well, change will not happen. if you give up on your voice but it can make a difference, than other voices will fill the void. the lobbyists and special interests and people with a 10 million-dollar checks who are trying to buy this election those who are trying to make it harder for you to vote. washington politicians who can decide who you can marry and healthier choices that women should be making for themselves. only you can make sure that that does not happen. only you. only you have the power to move us forward. you know, i recognize that times
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have changed since i first spoke at this convention. times have changed, and so have eye. i no longer am just a candidate. i am the president. [cheers] [applause] [cheers] [applause] that means i know what it means to send young americans into battle. i have held in my arms mothers and fathers of those who didn't return. i have shared the pain of families who have lost their homes and the frustration of
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workers who have lost their jobs. if the critics are right that i made all my decisions based on polls, then i must not be very good at reading. while i am very proud of what we have achieved together, i am far more mindful of my own feelings, knowing exactly what lincoln meant when he said i have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that i have no place else to go. [cheers] [applause] as i stand here tonight, i have never been more hopeful about america. not because i think i have all the answers, not because i am naïve about the magnitude of our challenges. i am hopeful because of you. the young woma